MADISON, Wisconsin — One of biggest perpetrators of poverty is war. A battle between nations can end up detrimentally affecting citizens. They can be caught in the middle of physical combat or face the negative economic repercussions of product inflation and high taxation. Wars are also often accompanied by poor government leadership and civil unrest, both of which lead to cyclic poverty. Here is a list of the 10 deadliest wars, ever:
10. Second Congo War
Set in the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1998 to 2003, an estimated 5.4 million people died during this conflict. It is the largest war in modern African history.
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9. Russian Civil War
The Russian Civil War began in 1917 and ended in 1921. An estimated 9 million people died during this power shift from Russian provisional government to the Soviets.
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8. Dungan Revolt
This uprising in China occurred from 1862 to 1877, and resulted in 12 million deaths. The rebellion was ultimately unsuccessful and resulted in a mass migration of the Dungan people to Russia, Kazakstan and Kyrgyzstan.
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7. Conquests of Timur
Timur is a controversial historical figure who fought to restore the Mongol empire to its former glory. The conquests of Timur spanned the years of 1369 to 1405. During that time an estimated 20 million people died.
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6. World War I
World War I was fought worldwide during the years of 1914 to 1918. It involved the world’s greatest military powers and resulted in anywhere between 15 to 65 million deaths or 3.6 percent of the world.
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5. Taiping Rebellion
Fought in China from 1851 to 1864, the Taiping Rebellion resulted in mostly civilian deaths. Reports say there were approximately 20 to 30 million deaths in total.
4. Qing Dynasty conquest of the Ming Dynasty
From 1616 to 1662 the Qing Dynasty fought to take over the Ming Dynasty. The battle that ensued was bloody, resulting in 25 million deaths, or 4.8 percent of the world at the time.
3. Mongol Conquests
The Mongol Empire dominated during the 13th and 14th centuries. The most famous leader of the Mongols was Genghis Khan (pictured above). During their rule, an estimated 30 to 60 million people were killed (7.5 to 17.1 percent of the world.)
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2. An Lushan Rebellion
The An Lushan Rebellion took place during the Tang Dynasty between 755 and 763. In this time, the population declined by 36 million people, or 15.3 percent of the world population.
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1. World War II
World War II was the deadliest war to ever occur. Up to 72 million people died from 1939 to 1945.
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